Ukraine Travel Guide

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Having undergone a revolution in the early part of the new century, Ukraine is a country dragging its feet through a political stalemate, torn between the Soviet loyalties of its past and a more western focused future. It can seem gruff and unhelpful, but nevertheless holds deep-seated desires to gain entry to the illustrious club of EU nations, and establish its 21st century identity. In short, Ukraine is very much a case of 'watch this space'.

Kyiv, the nation's capital, is famous for numerous sights, among them the well-known underground caves located on the territory of the Cave Monastery - Kyiv Pechersk Laura.

Kyiv is a surprisingly beautiful city. It’s a surly city, one that’s best enjoyed working your way through a bottle of local vodka and throwing yourself into the frantic local clubbing scene, which really brings Kyiv to life.

The Chernobyl Museum in Kyiv region offers a glance into perhaps Ukraine’s most notorious (and sad) piece of history, while the ornate outline of St Sophia Cathedral’s gold and green peaks are well worth a look, too.

Elsewhere, Odessa, the home of Ukrainian champagne, is the place to dance until dawn on the beachside, while Lviv, with its shabby charm and eclectic architecture, is well on the way to becoming an established international city break destination. The tiny town of Kamyanets Podilsky perches on top of a spectacular rock, contained by the walls of a pointy castle and peering out over a remarkable natural moat. The Black Sea, during winter, offers hole-in-the-ice opportunities to catch your dinner, while the ‘cave city’ of Churfut Kale – a 200m long maze of ancient sheltering caves – you can explore over a dozen centuries of Swiss-cheese ruins with views of an entire verdant valley from the peak.

When it comes to making your order, it’s worth remembering that Chicken Kiev is actually a New York dish (order the incredible varenyky dumplings instead), and that while vodka translates as ‘a wee drop’ you certainly won’t be served anything diminutive. Give it time, and you’ll find Ukraine’s gruff exterior hides a wealth of pleasurable experiences.

Kiev #1 most popular location
Sadly, if most people associate the Ukraine’s capital with only one thing, it’s garlic chicken. It’s sad for two reasons: firstly, Chicken Kiev is not, in fact, from Ukraine at all, but…
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Odessa #2 most popular location
Odessa is a legendary city of Ukraine. It's often called the Ukrainian Paris. It's the city of romance, art, poems, theaters and museums… Odessa is a very special city. Speaking more precis…
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Lviv #3 most popular location
If you ask a specialist in geography, he’ll say that Lviv is a city in Ukraine. Lviv is one of Ukraine’s regional cities, situated on the hills of picturesque Roztochia, where the main Eu…
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Kharkiv #4 most popular location
Kharkiv or Kharkov (Ukrainian: Харків, Russian: Харьков) is the second largest city in Ukraine. It is the administrative center of Kharkiv region, as well as the administrative c…
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Yalta #5 most popular location
Yalta is often referred to as "the perl" of Crimea. Exposed to the sun, washed by gentle waves of the Black sea, sheltered by the Crimean mountains from northern winds, Yalta is always full o…
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Donetsk #6 most popular location
The Capital of the Donets Basin Donetsk, the biggest city in the region, became the capital of the Donets Basin, a big industrial area in the east of Ukraine, with the total area of 60,000 s…
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Truskavets #7 most popular location
Truskavets is a city located about sixty miles to the south of Lviv. It was known as a salt mining city for hundreds of years. According to the legend, the city name originated from a Lithuan…
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Sevastopol #8 most popular location
Sevastopol is sometimes called the pearl of Crimea. Founded in 1783 by Catherine the Great, Russian Empress, this city is now one of the largest in the Ukraine. The architectural appearance o…
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Kyiv #9 most popular location
Kiev is one of the biggest cities in Europe. It is a bustling capital of independent Ukraine, its administrative, economic, scientific, cultural and educational center. This scenic city with …
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Chernivtsi #10 most popular location
Chernivtsi is situated at the banks of the River Prut in the Ukrainian part of the Bukovyna region. It has approximately 240.000 inhabitants. Only in the recent past, Chernivtsi belonged t…
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Ivano-Frankivsk #11 most popular location
Ivano-Frankivsk would sound like Ivan-Franko-City in English. It was named after the outstanding Ukrainian writer and poet of the 19th and 20th century Ivan Franko. The city got this name in …
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Poltava #12 most popular location
Poltava is one of the Ukraine’s regional centers with the population of over 300,000 inhabitants. The city is located in Poltava Plain on the picturesque banks of the River Vorskla in the n…
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Chernobyl #13 most popular location
Opened to tourists in 2002, the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor's meltdown and the surrounding area is now considered to be safer than a short flight, in terms of exposure to radiation.…
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Luhansk #14 most popular location
Luhansk is the easternmost city of Ukraine located 850 km (528 miles) to the east of the nation's capital Kiev. The city was founded in 1795 as a working settlement for the iron foundry. Luha…
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Kamenets-Podolskiy #15 most popular location
Sviatogorsk #16 most popular location
This is not just a place for a tourist visit. It is a place where you can be inspired with the spirit of God, with a sense of harmony with nature and the joy of peace. You have to come into c…
Simferopol #17 most popular location
Simferopol is the capital of Crimea. The city is also a large industrial and cultural center. Simferopol is known for its products of perfumery, light, machine-building and chemical indust…
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Sudak #18 most popular location
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Lvov #19 most popular location
If you ask a specialist in geography, he’ll say that L'viv is a city in Ukraine. But do you really know much about Ukraine? It is a beautiful country in Eastern Europe with mountains (the C…
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Myrhorod #20 most popular location
When you come to Myrhorod, at first it seems to you that you got into a different world. It seems that the time there is flowing quietly and smoothly. You start admiring the striking beauty o…
Lviv (Lvov) #21 most popular location
The West-Ukrainian Capital - this is how Lviv, a city in Western Ukraine, is often called. It is much more ornate than many other cities of Ukraine. Lviv is famous for its old and unique arch…
10travelers 3reviews 1blogs
Mariupol #22 most popular location
Mariupol lies on the coast of the Sea of Azov, 120 km (74.5 miles) to the south of Donetsk, the capital of the Donets Basin and the center of Donetsk region, the most industrial one in our co…
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Bakhchysarai #23 most popular location
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Cherkasy #24 most popular location
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Syeverodonetsk #25 most popular location
Syeverodonetsk is often called the Pearl of the Donets Basin. It is a compact city located on the left bank of the Seversky Donets. The residents of Syevyerodonetsk regard their city as a ver…
Kolomyya #26 most popular location
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Kamyanec Podolsky #27 most popular location
Kherson #28 most popular location
Kherson has long been famous as a centre of shipbuilding, food and light industries. It's also known as a centre of a big agricultural region in Ukraine.Kherson water-melons, melons and plums…
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Ivano-Frankivs'k #29 most popular location
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Bukovel #30 most popular location
Severodonetsk #31 most popular location
Boryspil Airport #32 most popular location
The Air Gate of Ukraine - this is how then town is often called. The Ukrainian International airport is called Boryspil after Boryspil County of Kiev region on whose territory it is located.…
Nikolaev #33 most popular location
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Kirovohrad #34 most popular location
Crimea #35 most popular location
Crimea is a beautiful region on the Black Sea, narrowly attached to the Ukrainian mainland, with the weather which is very much Mediterranean. Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, is rarely a p…
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Kolochava #36 most popular location
L'viv #37 most popular location
If you ask a specialist in geography, he’ll say that L'viv is a city in Ukraine. But do you really know much about Ukraine? It is a beautiful country in Eastern Europe with mountains (the C…
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Kamianets-Podilskyi #38 most popular location
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Kovel #39 most popular location
The city is an important railroad hub of Western Ukraine that plays an important strategic role connecting Ukraine with numerous European states. The city is a big industrial and cultural cen…
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Ternopil #40 most popular location
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Pripyat #41 most popular location
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Uman' #42 most popular location
Heneral's'ke #43 most popular location
Chatyr-Dag Mountain #44 most popular location
Crimea is known for its magnificent landscapes and breathtaking wonders. One of them is the Chatyr-Dag Mountain (the tent mountain), the second highest of its kind in Crimea. The mountain was…
Illyria #45 most popular location
The Ukrainian Illyria is located on the picturesque banks of the River Olkhovka eleven miles from the district center. The nearest railway station is Brazol, a dead-end station on Lutuhine-B…
Kreminna #46 most popular location
The city of Kreminna is the center of Kreminna County of Luhansk region, Ukraine. This area has long been known as Oasis of the Donets Basin. It can be called Lake District for there are abo…
Svatove #47 most popular location
Lysychansk #48 most popular location
Karabi-Jajla #49 most popular location
Provalye #50 most popular location